'I definitely could do it:' Carli Lloyd getting serious about NFL career

'I definitely could do it:' Carli Lloyd getting serious about NFL career

It started out as a goof. It may be turning into a second career.

When video of U.S. women’s national team star Carli Lloyd nailing a 55-yard field goal at Eagles practice last week went viral, there was a lot of joking about how the Delran, New Jersey, native and two-time Olympic gold medalist could one day become an NFL kicker.

Yuk, yuk, yuk.

Now? The 37-year-old Lloyd is seriously considering it.

Lloyd told Gregg Murphy of NBC Sports Philadelphia Tuesday night during the Phillies broadcast that she can “definitely” kick in the NFL.

No woman has ever played in the NFL.

“This totally took me by surprise,” Lloyd said. “I know the power of social media, I get that, but I just casually brought my boots to Eagles practice, did a few kicks, nailed a 55-yarder on my first try and next thing I know everything’s blowing up, and I was laughing about it with my husband at first, but now I’m sort of entertaining the idea.”

A 55-yard field goal is pretty impressive. There have only been five that long in Eagles history — two by current kicker Jake Elliott and one each by Caleb Sturgis, David Akers and Tony Franklin.

There was no opposing rush obviously, but Lloyd was also kicking toward the narrow goalposts that Justin Tucker — the most accurate kicker in NFL history — was using during Eagles-Ravens joint practices.

“I think I definitely could do it with the right practice and the right technique and get my steps down and figure all that out,” she told Murphy. “But I don’t want to go in there blindly. I want to actually attempt to do it (the right way), but I know that I definitely could do it, because anything I set my mind to do I can do it and I actually do kick balls for a living. So, yeah, it’s all about the technique, and we’ll see what happens, but I’m now entertaining the idea.”

Here are the five most notable NFL players from Delran High School (so far):

1. Alex Lewis: Lions’ fifth-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2004, the linebacker spent five years with the Lions and played in 52 games.

2. Tony Sacca: Set numerous passing records at Penn State and was the Cards’ second-round pick in 1992.

3. Nate Hemsley: Linebacker spent five years with the Oilers, Cowboys, Dolphins and Panthers from 1997 through 2001 as an undrafted free agent out of Syracuse.

4. Bill Duff: Was an All-American wrestler at Delran and went on to spend a couple years with the Browns and also played in the XFL, World League and Arena League before hosting the show Human Weapon on the History Channel.

5. Todd Lowber: Didn’t play football at Delran, but he was a state Group 2 champion in the long jump, high jump and 100-meter dash and went on to win the NCAA Division 3 high jump title for Ramapo. But he spent time on the practice squads of several teams in 2007 and 2008 before a brief stay in the CFL.

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Eagles to host New Jersey high school football game suspended after shooting

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Eagles to host New Jersey high school football game suspended after shooting

The Eagles on Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field will host the rest of a New Jersey high school playoff football game that was suspended because of a shooting. 

The game between Pleasantville High School and Camden High School was stopped on Friday night after a shooting in the crowd in Pleasantville that left three wounded, including a 10-year-old boy and a 15-year-old student

According to NBC 10, a suspect has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and two weapons counts, while three other men have been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. 

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) announced on Monday afternoon that the Eagles offered up their stadium to finish the approximately 17 remaining minutes of the playoff game. The NJSIAA had been looking for a neutral site. 

Larry White, the executive director of the NJSIAA, said the following in a statement released Monday: 

“It’s extremely unfortunate that a senselessly violent act has impacted this game, and there will certainly be a wide range of emotions along both sidelines. However, thanks to the Eagles’ generosity and community spirit, Pleasantville and Camden student-athletes and their families will have an opportunity to write their own ending to this game. They’ll compete on a world-class stage, sending a clear message that violence will not win.”

The Eagles are expected to release a statement and more information about the game on Tuesday. 

The NJSIAA took up the Eagles on their offer but thanked other schools for their assistance. The Black Horse Pike School District also offered to host the game. 

The game will resume at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. While the Linc will be closed to the public, each school will be given free passes for players’ parents and family members. The game will also be streamed live on NJ.com. 

The shooting on Friday night occurred in the third quarter with Camden leading 6-0. The winner of this game will face Cedar Creek on Saturday, Nov. 30 for the Central Group 2 Sectional Championship. 

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The interesting wrinkle in Jay Ajayi's contract

The interesting wrinkle in Jay Ajayi's contract

The Eagles on Friday signed running back Jay Ajayi for the rest of the 2019 season, but based on what’s written into the contract, the Eagles will basically have the option to bring him back in 2020. 

Here’s the report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport: 

So basically, Ajayi will kind of be a restricted free agent at the lowest (right of first refusal) level. That means the Eagles have the option to match a contract and keep the player, but won’t get compensation back if he goes elsewhere like a higher-level tendered player. The Eagles will still be eligible for a compensatory pick if Ajayi signs elsewhere and they don't match the offer. 

This is an interesting wrinkle to Ajayi’s contract, especially in the entire scope of the Eagles’ running back situation. 

Because, remember, Jordan Howard is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. As long as he’s able to return from this stinger soon, he would be a realistic candidate to get an extension before the end of the season. But, to me, this part of Ajayi’s contract is sort of like an insurance policy if the Eagles aren’t able to re-sign Howard during free agency. Or if they choose to move on from Howard. 

The Eagles seem to like having a running back rotation and the only running back guaranteed to return in 2020 is Miles Sanders. Either Howard or a healthy Ajayi (we’ll see) would seemingly be a good complement. 

I say we’ll see because Ajayi hasn’t played football in over a year. He signed on Friday, but Doug Pederson opted to not play him two days later. During his career, Ajayi has been a very productive runner, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. 

But Ajayi, 26, tore his ACL last season and already had long-standing knee issues, so there’s some serious doubt about his football future. Ajayi will have a chance to answer some of those questions in the final six games of the 2019 season. 

“We will incorporate him,” Pederson said on Monday. “Again, if Jordan (Howard) … if he doesn't practice or whatever during the week then we definitely will get Jay ready to go.”

The Eagles at least took out an insurance policy of sorts. If Ajayi does have something left, they’ll have the option of bringing him back in 2020 no matter what other team is interested in him.

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